ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region − The Syrian Refugees Council in Iraqi Kurdistan held a meeting with officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Erbil, the capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan last week to discuss the situation of the Syrian refugees in the Region and look into the possibility of improving the refugees’ conditions, especially in the recently established camp in Erbil’s suburbs that followed an influx of thousands of Syrian Kurds who fled the war-torn country and resorted to the Kurdistan Region.

Representatives of the UNHCR and the Red Crescent in the Kurdistan Region took part in the meeting to reach an agreement with the Kurdistani officials on efficient mechanisms in order to meet the needs of the increasing number of Syrian refugees in the Region. 

The governor of Erbil, Nawzad Hadi, was among the participants in the meeting last week to emphasize the KRG’s interest in the issue of the Syrian refugees in the Region by providing the necessary aid.  

According to the Office of Erbil Province, several decisions were taken at the end of the meeting, including moving Bekhmaand and Bahraka camps for Syrian refugees to the Dara Shukran and Basirma areas, and providing the refugees with the needed services in the newly established camps.

Healthcare, education, rehabilitation programs, water, electricity and sanitation are the major needs to be covered by the KRG in the coming days, which should be sufficient to satisfy the basic needs of the Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region. 

According to the Erbil Office, several charitable organizations agreed to cooperate in the process of moving the camps to the specified areas and provide the necessary help. “Those include Barzani Organization, Red Crescent and the UNHCR,” officials said after the meeting. 

According to KRG’s records, more than 230,000 Syrian refugees−mainly Kurds−received shelter in the Kurdistan Region over the last twenty months.  



Report by: Kawa Isso

Source: ARA News


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